Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
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Tears for Fears first came on the scene in the early 1980's with "The Hurting". They followed that up with the multi-platinum selling "Songs From the Big Chair". After a long gap, they released "Seeds of Love" in 1989 before splitting up. Roland stayed with the name for a while, but it wasn't the same. Now, some 15 years after "Seeds of Love" they are back together again. The addition of Curt gives the sound the balance missing from Roland's solo work.
The CD starts out with a classic ballad in "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" and then grooves into the best song on the CD, the (original) first single "Closest Thing to Heaven". The sound is again something in between modern pop and the Beatles. It is reminiscent of "Sowing the Seeds of Love", the last big hit, with horns and a chorus that will have you singing along. With the new label, the first single release, "Call Me Mellow" is more organic than their early 80's work, and is catchy enough to garner interest. All the tracks are great, but my other favorite is the closing track, a smooth R&B number called "Last Days on Earth".
They always had lyrics a mile deep, and flew in the face of whatever pop genre was in at the moment. This release is yet another chapter in a string of great music. This one may not get the exposure some of their other music did, which is too bad, as it is some of the best new music out there. Check it out!
I went into "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" expecting the worst. Over and over again, I told myself - and forced myself to believe - that there was no way in Hell that Roland and Curt were going to recapture the spirit of what they once had. "Come on, Mike, these are 40-somethings with wives and kids and gray hairs. This is not, cannot be, their time."
So today finally came, and I rushed with bated breath to jam my copy into my car's CD player. I winced at the cymbal roll and shimmering-keyboard fuzz that kicks off the title track. I gritted my teeth. And suddenly something happened...
I loved every single note that was coming from my speakers.
This album is as fresh and vital as anything TFF have ever recorded. It's full of pop hooks ("Call Me Mellow," "Closest Thing to Heaven"), artful genre experiments ("Who Killed Tangerine?," "Secret World"), and lots of what many have called "magic."
There's a sweetness that has crept back into Roland's work here - most notably on "Size of Sorrow" and "Secret World" - but there's also a much more playfully adventurous spirit at work. "Call Me Mellow" and the title track burst with everything good about pop music in the last 40 years. The guys were even willing to throw in some R&B riffs - via David Bowie - on the amazing closer, "Last Days on Earth."
"Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" is my pick for Album of the Year. It's a multi-textural, exuberant pop album in the finest sense of the words.
So, I'm eating my words. And all that worry was for nothing.Read more ›
Secondly this is thier strongest most cohesive set ever. Honestly there is not a weak song among the bunch, not one! In this day and age of c.d's with a few good songs and the rest filler what a delightful surprise to have a c.d. you can listen to from start to finish without having to skip any tracks.
There is plenty of variety here too. The title cut is like a musical tour de force. It starts with a dreamy sequence then flows into power pop in a kind of ELO style. Then there is a softly sung portion that is kind of folky before the grand climax.
"Closest Thing to Heaven" is a great song, kind of a mellower Sowing the Seeds but with a distinct style all its own. Very atmospheric and moving.
""Call Me Mellow" is the song Andy Partridge had wished he wrote. It is kind of Boo Radleys meets the La's meets XTC. Pure power pop for the new millienium.
"Size of Sorrow" and "Who You Are" are great moving ballads that will hook you on repeated listens.
"Who killed Tangerine" does evoke the fab 4 quite. It is brilliant with it's "Hey Jude" meets "Shout" chorus.
"The Quiet Ones" is a nice rocker that sounds like it would have fit in on Rolands solo c.d.
"The Devil" is a haunting ballad that will send shivers down your spine.
"Secret World" is an absolute brilliant piece of work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gift for my son, always was a "Tears For Fears" fan, still is, he loves it.Published 4 months ago by Cynthia Andrade
Awesome release from one of my most favorite groups from the 80's. So glad they got back together! Can't wait for the next upcoming release in 2017!Published 5 months ago by ThisIslandEarth
I can credit this album with reintroducing me to Tears For Fears. Curt and Roland reunited for this CD (hence the title), and Curt even contributed some of the songs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
Roland, you are one hell of a songwriter. I basically love everything you've ever done. I can only think of a couple other songwriters that are in that category. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ricky L Ramming
Closest thing to Sgt. Pepper's that I've heard since, well, Sgt. Pepper's. We got a hint of this direction with the Seeds of Love album, but it really comes full blast with this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jay Springer
Roland Orzabal is a genius composer. Roland and Curt Smith deliver contagious orchestration much like the Beatles, - passion, integrity and originality -.Published 12 months ago by PAUL H.
If you are someone who wants a band to keep doing the same music for 20 years, then do not buy this cd. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Saxon
Fresh, fun, and lively LP! I really like this music-- it's like a fun, new, canvas of colorful paintings. Buy it you'll like it--if you like other works by the group!Published 20 months ago by Melissa Leaym-fernandez